Local physician named president of Kentucky Medical Association | News

Dr. Maurice J. Oakley has spent 38 years looking out for the well-being of patients as a physician in Ashland.

This past week, Oakley received what is arguably the most prestigious recognition possible for Kentucky physicians when the ophthalmologist was named the new president of the Kentucky Medical Association. He is only the second person from this area to be named to the position in the last half-century, following in the footsteps of Dr. Walter Cawood, who was head of the KMA all the way back in 1969.

“I just love being able to take care of the patients,” Oakley said. “I love being a surgeon. I went into medicine because I always felt like that’s where I belong.”

The Boyd County Medical Society gathered Tuesday night at Bellefonte Country Club to honor Oakley’s prestigious appointment and to also recognize Oakley’s extensive contributions to the community and the state of Kentucky. In addition to practicing medicine, Oakley is actively involved in extensive civic endeavors and has served as the Bellefonte police commissioner for two decades.

“A friendly, easy-going person who is great to spend time with because he always looks at the best in people,” said John Darnell, chief medical officer at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. “It is well-deserved. He is very active in the Kentucky Medical Association for many years now. The physicians will benefit from his leadership.”

Oakley has a truly distinguished career. He did his premed at the University of Kentucky, attended medical school at the University of Louisville, internship and residency at West Virginia University located in Charleston before practicing in Ashland for more than four decades. He has taught medicine and tended to countless patients over the years. He’s labored for many years in the Kentucky Medical Association, which was established in…

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